Perth College UHI (Closure of Learning Centres)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 28th March 2019.

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Photo of Murdo Fraser Murdo Fraser Conservative

Last week, the Perth College UHI announced the closure of its learning centres in Kinross, Crieff and Blairgowrie. Does the First Minister share my concern that that short-sighted decision will do serious damage to rural education opportunities in Perth and Kinross? What role does she think the 3.2 per cent real-terms cut to the budget of the University of the Highlands and Islands played in the decision?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

In our budget overall, we have increased funding to colleges and to universities. Interestingly, Murdo Fraser and his colleagues voted against that budget.

As far as the particular issue that Murdo Fraser raises is concerned, I share his concerns. I know that local members have been raising those concerns and that they will continue to do so.